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My mother is 62yrs old. She has arthritis in her knees and the doctor stated 1 knee is rubbing bone to bone and needs to be replaced. She is a 12 yr breast cancer survivor, had a heart valve replaced last year. She read up about this and knows a few friends that had the same I myself had searched on the internet as well. Any suggestions, recovery time. I read that the best is to get phys therapy after surgery in order to walk again. What is the worse case scenario? Any other help Thanks
[QUOTE=xxnonamexx;4042498]My mother is 62yrs old. She has arthritis in her knees and the doctor stated 1 knee is rubbing bone to bone and needs to be replaced. She is a 12 yr breast cancer survivor, had a heart valve replaced last year. She read up about this and knows a few friends that had the same I myself had searched on the internet as well. Any suggestions, recovery time. I read that the best is to get phys therapy after surgery in order to walk again. What is the worse case scenario? Any other help Thanks[/QUOTE]

Worst case scenario is that your mother catches an infection in her knee, while in the hospital, and ends up in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
Your mom should definitely have the surgery but don't let them give her anything but a spinal anesthesia with sedation, given her serious recent medical history. (Since I have a history of asthma and other serious health issues, they could only give me a spinal with sedation, which was fine by me.) I don't know who her orthopedic surgeon is but given that she is in Westchester County, I would imagine she has gotten a couple of opinions from orthopedic surgeons. (I would love to recommend my orthopedic surgeon who is the top knee replacement surgeon in the county and has been named a top doctor in the country ELEVEN YEARS RUNNING!! I'm not sure if I can mention his name here.)

Either way, he did a wonderful job with my right total knee replacement in April of this year and will be replacing my left knee within the next two years as the cartilage in that knee is starting to go. (I'm in my mid 50s.) It is such a thrill not to have any more bone on bone pain in that right knee! Recovery, if your mom does everything she's asked to in rehab, should take about a year, possibly less like mine did.

I say - she should go for it! If you have any other specific questions, please reply to this post and I'll try and answer your questions.





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